The German Bishops' Conference has denied in advance their agreement to the planned future President of the highest level German lay organisation.
The German bishops hace voted against Heinz Wilhelm Brockmann (61) as President of the lay body 'Central Committee of German Catholics'.
This is reported by the 'Catholic News Agency'.
Brockmann is the CDU State Secretary in the Hessen State Ministry of Culture. On 8 May, he wanted to be permited to be chosen as the only candidate to the Presidency of the Central Committee.
The statute of the lay organisation requires that the Bishops' Conference support the election of a new president with a two-thirds majority.
The Central Committee has already asked before the election for the confirmation of the Bishops' Conference.
But the bishops refused Brockmann their consent at their meeting earlier this week in Würzburg.
The Bishop of Osnabrück, Mons. Franz-Josef Bode said the vote was "very regretable".
His spokesman, Hermann Haarmann said Mons. Bode thinks that Brockmann was "well qualified" for the senior position.
A spokesman of the Central Committee expressed "deep concern” about the rejection. The event was unprecedented in the history of the body.
The committee are currently consulting on what action to take.
Brockmann has been active since the 70s for various church hostile organisations. He is close to the 60s nostalgia groups “Popular Church” and “Church from below”.
He is also cofounder of the expectant mothers’ counseling organisation 'Donum Vitae' which is hostile to life. This provides counselling certificates which can be used to obtain a legally recognised abortion.
The Church’s decision against their involvement with the abortion industry Brockmann called a "disaster".